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At The Cemetery Gates by John Brhel
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3.5 Stars
This was an enjoyable horror collection featuring sixteen spooky tales. The stories were all fairly short in terms of page length so I flew through the pages, gulping up one story after the next.

This would make a wonderful seasonal Halloween read. (Although I personally recommend reading horror year round). In terms of scariness, I would consider most of the stories mildly creepy and could be easily read by horror newbies or even self-identifying "scaredy cats". 

There was a lot of variety between the stories, which kept the reading experience fresh and unexpected. Written in a casual style, the horror in these stories were quite modern, frequently incorporating modern technology and other current trends. I only wish I had connected more of the stories, but there were a few in the collection that really held my attention.

Favourite Story:

"Spice of Life" - I found this story the most relateable and, hence, the most terrifying! I loved it! Twisted, dark and disturbing, the story encapsulated so many of the elements that make me love horror so much. I think the themes in this story will particularly resonate with female readers, which is an impressive achievement considering it was written by a pair of male authors. 

Other Notable Stories:

"With the Lights Out" - I adore the "isolated cabin in the woods" horror trope, so this story immediately caught my attention. It definitely didn't go where I expected.

"Kara Finds Her Match" - Another story with a great ending, but I don't want to say more in fear of spoiling anything.

I received an e-copy from the publisher, Cemetery Gates Media. 
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Reading Progress

October 21, 2018 – Started Reading
October 21, 2018 – Shelved
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: horror
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: review-copy
October 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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